These are taken from the Signs of the Times Magazine Special Edition “We Believe”, where we share brief explanations of the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where our faith continuously grows with our Lord. May the Holy Spirit give you enlightenment as you read through the articles. Should you have any questions, we will be glad to answer them and we are willing to talk to you about our faith. Contact forms are at the end of this article. Thank you and may God bless you more abundantly today and always!
The God of the Bible is a God who reveals Himself. He doesn’t leave us alone in our lost condition, separated from Him because of our sins. He comes to us, showing us His character, revealing His will, and offering us the salvation He has provided. He is a God who speaks: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe” (Hebrews 1:1,2)
The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, is a living record of God’s voice.
God the Holy Spirit gave the Bible by inspiring the minds of the various Bible writers (2 Peter 1:20, 21). The same Spirit speaks to us today through the Bible, appealing to each of us personally, calling us to return to God, convicting us of sin, and illuminating our minds and hearts: “‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts'” (Hebrews 3:7, 8). Because God is its Author, we can trust the Bible to be authoritative and practical.
WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?
Like Jesus the Bible is God’s Word made flesh (John 1:14). It is a unique union of the divine and the human. God did not dictate the Bible word for word, nor did He give it to the prophets in some otherworldly language. Rather, He used people with varied backgrounds, highly cultured people and others with little education; people with royal blood and common people. He inspired their minds with thoughts-messages for the human race. They then expressed those ideas in their own words.
Thus, the Bible is completely human yet more than human. Through human words, thoughts and history, God speaks. Though it has many human writers, the Bible nevertheless has but one Author.
The Bible is authoritative. We should believe its words and practice what it commands. Every human opinion must be subject to proof from the Bible. The Bible is, in all its parts, God’s infallible Word. It can make us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). God’s Word is an infallible presentation of God’s plan to redeem lost humanity. That plan is the same throughout both Old and New Testaments, and it centers in Jesus Christ. The prophecies of the Old Testament, which are fulfilled in the New Testament, testify of Him (John 5:39; I Peter 1:10, 11). He, the Word of God made flesh (John 1:1, 2, 14), is the central Character in God’s written Word.
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